"The intelligence business is full of idiots."
Alex Keaton (Michael J. Fox), "Family Ties"
VARIOUS FILMS SEEN ON VIDEO AND TV IN GENERAL
(AND CONSEQUENTLY HAVING TRIGGERED AN URGE TO BE COMMENTED UPON)
by Richard Karsmakers
What with Karin having returned from abroad and her student
floor having "Filmnet", I have been seeing quite a few films on
TV in the recent few months. Consequently, there are a few more
entries here of stuff that I would like to comment on. In
chronological order of viewing.
It was mentioned to me some time ago that "Jurassic Park" on
video had lost much of the magic it had on the big screen. The
special dinosaur effects were said to be really fake now, for
starters. I was really happy to find out, after purchasing the
video (yes, I am a nutter for dino videos), that in fact it's not
true at all. Although the film had me much more involved in the
suspense in the cinema version - a psychological thing with the
heavy sound I guess - it is definitely a great film to see on the
small screen, too. The dinosaur effects are still awfully
realistic (except for the shades, which were pretty fake anyway)
and it's just a true corker of a film.
I the previous issue of ST NEWS I mentioned that I had read
Stephen King's masterwork, "The Stand", and that consequently I
had found it necessary to label it "best book of all times". I
still believe that it is, followed closely on its heels by
"Needful Thing". So I took my chance when Karin had read the
book, too, and got the film.
Yes, all six hours of it.
"The Stand" is a pretty amazing film, with some pretty good
special effects, though there is a constant nagging feeling that
it would have been a lot better with a huge budget. Then again, a
film like this can't possibly get a decent revenue what with its
awfully long playing time. Jack Public does not want to sit on
his ass for six hours in a cinema; you'd be surprised how many
people have a 2-hour maximum interest threshold, and that's
pushing it already.
The six hours fly by, incidentally. The film is really quite
good (though the Frannie character is a bit too rosey-sweet) and
most of the things are pretty much the way I had envisioned
in my mind when reading the book. Good type-casting. Trashcan
Man's first pyrotechnics with the oil storage facilities are a
slight letdown in the film, but I suppose that was due to the
"The Stand" is much worth while, and one of the better Stephen
King film adaptations (he has quite a large role in the film
himself, by the way - see if you can spot him!). Make sure you
have a few beers (or softdrinks) and some crisps/beernuts handy,
though. And make sure you have a comfy couch (not too soft
In any case the film definitely wins the "most cars in a non-
moving role" award.
I thought had seen it all when the BBC showed the uncensored
edition of "Bad Taste". Well, obviously, I hadn't. The film that
beats it all hands-down (both with regards to humour, over-the-
toppitude, gore effects and realism) is "Braindead". I think it's
from New Zealand (or "down under" at any rate) too, and the
budget seems a lot bigger, too.
It is definitely the best gore film I've ever seen. It had me
rolling with hilarious laughter and at no single instant was
scary at all. It's so amazingly over the top that you can't help
but be washed away in this sea of blood and come out a new man
after finished it. Really, this is a family film for all ages and
A TV series review here.
The other day I saw this distinctly "Star Trek: The Next
Generation"-flavoured SF series. It was called "Babylon 5" and,
although it lacks some of the charmisma of the formely mentioned
series, it features some stunning special effects. The outside-
ship scenes are computer-generated and look a lot more stunning
than whatever "ST:TNG" has ever offered. More movement, more
interesting perspectives, and incredibly realistic light shading
and all (though it can be seen it's computer-generated, of
course). Also, the non-earhtly races look more realistic instead
of just looking too distinctly humanoid.
If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to catch it on TV when you
Lion King, The
It might to you seem a bit silly that a film reviewed in the
"Films on the Silver Screen" segment of the previous issue is
once again mentioned here, now as a video release. Well, though
titties and all that, and you're probably right anyway, but I
think every single sentient being in the world should have this
film. Although the plot is, simply, a cross between "Bambi" and
"Junglebook", the actual film and music score is so impressive
this is the kind of thing you have to see again and again, and
then some more just for good accord.
I was there the first day of its release, October 3rd, when all
shops sold it at a discount in a "Happy Hour" kind of concept.
Just gettit. Simple enough, right?
I still don't know why I don't have "Aladdin". It's about just a
In the Line of Fire
If you want to see Clint Eastwood play himself (i.e. a god-
fearing, president-loving old man who quickly goes out of breath
on account of his age), you have to see "In the Line of Fire".
The plot is simple: A nutter (John Malkovich) wants to
assassinate the president and Clint Eastwood has to prevent him.
You see, Clint never got over Kennedy (which was assassinated on
his day off) and definitely wants to prevent John from fulfilling
his vile objective.
Quite a good film, actually.
Well...know I do have "Aladdin"! As a matter of fact, Karin gave
it to me for my 28th birthday (last November 3rd, which only 2 of
you all remembered). It's a film made for the small screen. All
the gags get across just a good, and now you can rewind and re-
view scenes where Robin Williams does really funny things with
the Genie's voice or where he talks too quick to be heard
"Aladdin" is a classic case of a child's film that has
considerable appeal for adults, too. As a matter of fact, I think
most children won't get Robin William's hilarious jokes (think of
his Jack Nicholson imitation). If you've taken your kids to this
film in the cinema, wait a couple of years and then get it on
video so you can have them laugh their heads off again, but now
on a different plane.
Whereas "The Lion King" is more of a tear-jerker that goes for
moods and atmospheres, "Aladdin" is a poke in the side, a nudge-
nudge in the laughter nerve department.
Get both. They are Disney's very finest.
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